The claim came via a new report from the Yahoo-owned data and app analytics service Flurry Analytics, whose software is found in roughly 800,000 apps.
According to the firm's data, Apple easily had the most new smartphone and tablet activations from 19 to 25 December — a period that includes the start of Hanukkah and Christmas Day. In other words, it's likely that many more people around the world unwrapped a new iPhone or iPad than a new Galaxy or Huawei device.
Again, this wouldn't be a surprise. Though Apple continues to trail Samsung in global market share, it almost exclusively lives on the higher end of the market. Mix that with Apple's ongoing marketing and cultural presence, and iDevices tend to be natural gifts this time of year.
But the number marks another year-over-year decline. In 2015, Flurry pegged Apple at 49.1% of new activations, which was a small dip from the 51.3% it had the year before.
Beyond that, the likes of Huawei, LG, Amazon, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Lenovo-owned Motorola all sprung up to register at least 2 percent of activations, largely on the backs of more affordable machines. Google's pricier Pixel phones, however, did not make as much of an impact; Flurry says both of those fell just outside of the top 25 devices.